(UPDATE 4/23/15) On Thursday night, the Boston Celtics will return to TD Garden to play Game 3 of their first round NBA Playoffs series against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Celtics will take their home court down 2-0 in the series after dropping the first two games at Quicken Loans Arena. With the disadvantage in the series, Celtics playoff tickets on the secondary market will be well below the average in Cleveland during Games 1 and 2. Games 3 and 4 have an average of $181.93, 33% below the cost of the first two games in Cleveland.
2015 Cavaliers vs. Celtics Playoff Tickets Now 16% Higher at TD Garden than Quicken Loans Arena
(4/20/15) In Game 1 against the Boston Celtics, the Cleveland Cavaliers showed why they’re the favorites in this year’s NBA Playoffs. Behind 30 points from Kyrie Irving and 20 points and seven assists from LeBron James, the Cavs defeated the Celtics by a 113-100 score. Cavaliers playoff tickets in Game 2 have an average price of $131.71. Cavaliers tickets might not be among the highest in the league, but they’re still 16% more expensive than Celtics playoff tickets in Boston. The Celtics will host Game 3 on Thursday and the average price for that game is currently $157.27.
LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers will face the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2015 postseason. It’s been a whirlwind year for the Cavs, who welcomed James back to Cleveland in July, Kevin Love in August and integral role players J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert in January. The Celtics will be their first road block on the way to the Finals, where they haven’t played in since 2007.
On TicketIQ, the average ticket price for the seven-game series is $253.36 on the secondary market. Interestingly enough, the seventh-seed Celtics will see more expensive secondary tickets at TD Garden than the Cavs will see at the Quicken Loans Arena during the first round.
Celtics playoff tickets currently average at $255.54 on the secondary market, 9.1% more expensive than the $233.89 average Cavaliers playoff tickets are seeing at home. Cleveland will host Games 1, 2 and, if necessary, 5 and 7 while Boston takes Games 3, 4 and a potential Game 6.
The Celtics last made the playoffs in 2013, where they would fall to the Knicks in six first-round games. At 40-42, the team enters the postseason with a sub-.500 record for just the fourth time in franchise history.
The Cavs went 34-9 down the stretch after starting the season at just 19-20. The Celtics will likely prove to be a formidable opponent, however, as Kelly Olynyk’s squad beat the Cavaliers in back-to-back games last week. The two teams split the season series at two games apiece.